CHENNAI, India — Ford India celebrated the last day of Pongal, the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu, with a tree plantation drive at its plant. The event, attended by over 200 employees, saw nearly 500 trees planted around the plant.
Ford India’s executive director for Manufacturing, Tom Chackalackal, and vice president, manufacturing P. Senthil Kumar and other senior executives joined the enthusiastic employees from various departments at a function in the Canteen Hall to kick off the drive. The small ceremony was marked by a pledge to increase green cover at the manufacturing facilities and to carry on environment-friendly manufacturing practices.
Handing out saplings to employees, Chackalackal said, “We at Ford India are committed to increasing green cover at the plant and have planted over 18,000 trees on the campus since 1999. But some recent expansion has necessitated the loss of some trees, and we hope to compensate for it with this drive.”
Saavio Dominic, general manager of Employee Relations, whose department joined hands with Plant Engineering to help organise the drive, suggested employees should be encouraged to plant more trees and look after them by way of a contest. “We could have a ‘best grower of a tree’ award for the employees who have looked after their saplings well,” he said.
Employees were then led by their respective leaders to various sites around the facility to plant the trees. Trees were planted in vacant areas such as the Stamping back yard, opposite Blanking, the New Scrap Yard and opposite the Corporate Office.
“We are happy to start this initiative on the auspicious day of Kaanum Pongal and celebrate togetherness with our employees with this drive. With today’s tree plantation, we hope to achieve green cover for 25 percent of the plant area,” Senthil Kumar said planting a tree.
Deputy manager, Environment, T. Anathkrishnan said, “We have ordered slightly older saplings this time so that their survival rate is better. We also plan to cover 13 acres of landscaped area with flowering trees and reach the targeted 25 percent green cover for this plant by the end of this quarter.”
Employees watering a sapling at the Chennai Plant.
Employees planted trees at several vacant lots in the Chennai plant.